Ultimate Classic Yachts 20 of the World's Most Beautiful Classic Yachts

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  • Copyright: 2015-10-13
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles
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Former Classic Boat editor Nic Compton has spent over 20 years sailing and photographing classic yachts, and this is the culmination of his decades-long passion--a stunning collection showcasing the 20 most beautiful and fascinating classic boats still sailing today.

They include:

Bona Fide--the original fin-keeler that was 70 years ahead of her time

Inward Bound--a 35-foot cutter built in Argentina using salvaged timber from the General Belgrano

Madoc--a 24-foot clinker yawl built by hand on a Tasmanian beach

Partridge--an 1885 cutter that took 18 years to restore

Solway Maid--the last surviving William Fife yacht

Timeless and magnificent, these yachts all have a story to tell, and they are captured with glorious full color photography.

Author Biography

Nic Compton was brought up on boats until the age of fifteen. He worked as a shipwright before becoming a full-time writer and photographer. He was editor of Classic Boat magazine until 2000, and has written several books on nautical subjects, including, most recently, The Sea: A Photographic Celebration and Titanic on Trial, both published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

Table of Contents

: Introduction : : PARTRIDGE (1885) : The 1885 Beavor-Webb cutter that set a new standard for classic yachts after one man's 18-year restoration : MARIAN (1889) : The 1889 Bristol Channel pilot cutter owned by the laziest skipper in the Western Approaches : BONA FIDE (1899) : The original fin-keeler that was 70 years ahead of her time : STAVANGER (1901) : The last voyage of the most original Colin Archer rescue boat, before being preserved for posterity by the Norwegian national maritime museum : CORAL OF COWES (1902) : The Fred Shepherd yawl restored in South Africa and sailed back to the northern hemisphere for the first time in over 70 years : RAWENE (1908) : Owned by the same family for 90 years, the New Zealand kauri classic is a floating time capsule : THE LADY ANNE (1912) : The 15-Metre yacht was banned from racing in the Med because of carbon fibre in her topmast. She came back without it and won everything anyway : LULWORTH (1920) : The largest cutter in the world, built in Southampton in 1920 and recently restored in Italy : BRILLIANT (1932) : Olin Stephen's Atlantic record-breaker, now used by Mystic Seaport for sail training 9,000 youngsters : STORMY WEATHER (1934) : The legendary S&amp;S Fastnet winner which became Italy's best-loved classic : BLOODHOUND (1936) : Built by the legendary Camper &amp; Nicholson yard in Gosport, <i>Bloodhound</i> was one of the most successful racers of her day. She became a Royal Yacht in the 1960s when she was owned by Prince Philip and hosted the entire royal family : VANITY V (1936) : The exquisite Fife 12-metre meticulously restored by a pair of used car salesmen who showed the experts how it should done : SOLWAY MAID (1938) The 'last Fife' has survived remarkably intact, thanks to two periods of 'suspended animation' : FANEROMENI (1945) : The classic yacht revival reaches Greece with the restoration of Aegean schooners such as this 1945 Perama caique : INWARD BOUND (1962) : A 35ft S&amp;S cutter built in Argentina using salvaged timber from General Belgrano : BLUE SALUKI (1964) : Despite being built to Lloyds 100 A1 by a top boatyard, <i>Blue Saluki</i> was the last of a dying breed and was soundly beaten by modern multihulls in the first round Britain race. Unlike most of them, however, she's still turning heads : MADOC (1990) : A 24ft American clinker yawl built by an Englishman on a beach in Tasmania using local timbers and no power tools : SAVANNAH (1997) : The 'modern classic' which combined the best of Fife with a fin keel, and took the Mediterranean classic boat circuit by storm : ELEONORA (2000) : Exact replica of Herreshoff schooner <i>Westward</i>, on which Captain Barr set an Atlantic record which remained unbroken for 100 years : INTEGRITY (2012) : A brand new Victorian cutter which holds her own against the 'real' 100-year-old Victorian cutters : : Index : Acknowledgements

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